In my opinion there is no greater fusion of science fiction and horror than The Thing, John Carpenter‘s 1982 masterpiece of frostbitten fear and otherworldly invaders. It may have flopped hard at the box office when it first opened (a week following the release of E.T. – wow, that could not have been a pretty sight), but the film has gained a massive cult following over the years thanks to repeated cable airings and home video rentals and sales, and it has endured as an unbeatable genre classic.
Scream Factory, the offshoot of Shout! Factory devoted to releasing only the finest in sci-fi and horror cinema on Blu-ray and DVD, is preparing to give us fans of The Thing its definitive home video edition when it releases Carpenter’s timeless film on collector’s edition and deluxe limited edition Blu-ray this fall.
The film and a comprehensive selection of bonus features will be spread across two Blu-ray discs that will include a new high-definition transfer of the main feature, new interviews with various members of the cast and production team, archival featurettes never before available on home video in any format, and many more features held over from previous DVD and Blu-ray editions.
The new transfer was supervised and approved by cinematographer Dean Cundey, a legend in the industry who also shot Halloween, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China for director Carpenter, as well as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, and the Back to the Future trilogy. Having Cundey’s input into the process should assuage concerns from fans who bought the previous Thing Blu-ray and were less than impressed by its transfer.
Customers who pre-order the deluxe limited edition Blu-ray now from Shout! Factory’s website will receive the following cool perks:
The collector’s edition Blu-Ray with slipcover
A limited edition 18″ x 24″ poster of the newly-designed art from artist Paul Shipper
A second slipcover — made exclusively for this promotion — featuring newly-designed art from artist Nat Marsh
A limited edition 18″ x 24″ poster of the newly-designed art from artist Nat Marsh
Early shipping to arrive three weeks before the national street date
Here’s a complete of the technical specifications and bonus features that will be available on both editions:
NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney And More…
NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay
NEW Behind The Chameleon – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman And Brian Wade And More…
NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth
NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster
John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Matte Artist Albert Whitlock And More! (80 minutes – SD)
Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (12 minutes – SD)
Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (1982 – 14 minutes – SD)
Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Promotional Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (19 minutes – SD)
Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (2 minutes – SD)
Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (48 minutes – SD)
Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German)
Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards)
And Still More To Be Added!
Both the collector’s edition and deluxe limited edition of Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray of John Carpenter’s The Thing will be released on September 20, 2016. I can already tell that this is going to be one of the best home video releases of the year.
Deluxe Limited Edition